Today’s comic is Family Circus featuring the word “material.”
“I’m going out for a while, Mommy. I have to collect material for my neighbourhood blog.”
– Billy to his mother
What is going on?
Billy is going out to get information for his personal website/online journal.
The Meaning of Material
The word “material” has two meanings.
The first meaning of material is physical and literal. Material means what something is made out of. Cotton fabric, wood, paper, plastic, and metals are examples of material. For example, the materials used to build a house include wood, brick, and concrete.
The second meaning of material is mental and figurative. Material refers to information. When someone says that they are gathering material, they are not getting something physical, they are looking for information. You can go out to find information, such as interviewing people, or gather your informational material through other sources such as books and the internet.